The Amazing Chutzpah of Putin

Vladimir Putin is upset that Russian journalists have been detained in Ukraine and declared it to be "absolutely unacceptable" and proof that the government there is corrupt and illegitimate. No, I'm not making this up. He actually said it: … [Read more...]

Kennedy, DOMA and ‘Equal Liberty’

Another fascinating aspect of Justice Kennedy's ruling in the DOMA case is its dependence on the "equal liberty" guaranteed by the 5th Amendment. Not the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause? Well, kind of. The 14th Amendment's equal protection clause, Kennedy says, helps us understand the 5th Amendment guarantee of liberty better: … [Read more...]

Congress and the 4th Amendment

Radley Balko has a story I'd never heard before that will make your eyes roll. In 1995, after Newt Gingrich led the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, a bill was submitted to water down the exclusionary rule. Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) submitted the following amendment to that bill: … [Read more...]

Books That Changed Me

For any thinking person, there are bound to be a handful of books that had such a powerful impact on them that they have returned to them again and again throughout their lives. I thought it would be interesting to hear what books my readers would identify for them, so I'll start by reposting something I wrote a few years ago on the subject at my old blog, with a few updates. … [Read more...]

Santorum’s Bizarre Notion of Liberty

Rick Santorum spoke at a prayer gathering this past weekend and made one of the most bizarre statements I've ever heard about the founding fathers and religion. He actually claims that when the Declaration of Independence says that we have an unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness, they only meant that we have the right to do God's will. … [Read more...]

Badass Quote of the Day

‎"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves and the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem." --- Howard Zin … [Read more...]

Why Substantive Due Process Matters

Okay, this one goes out to all the con law geeks in the audience. Get your lighters in the air...Cato Unbound has a very interesting debate going on about substantive due process. What is substantive due process? Glad you asked. Actually, I don't care if you asked, I'm going to explain it anyway. … [Read more...]

Amusing Quote of the Day

Alan Keyes is easily one of the most entertaining figures in politics. He's got tremendous charisma and talent as a speaker, but his eloquence is used to support some of the craziest ideas imaginable. But this quote from his latest WND column made me laugh: … [Read more...]

NOM Continues to Conflate Homosexuality and Pedophilia

The vile National Organization for Bigotry Marriage, which is actually anti-marriage, continues its long history of ridiculous and bigoted anti-gay screeds by once again conflating homosexuality and pedophilia in a post by Douglas Farrow, a professor of "Christian Thought" at McGill University, which is actually just part of a longer piece in Touchstone Magazine. … [Read more...]

Santorum Rejects Idea of Individual Rights

Of all the Republican candidates, Rick Santorum may actually be the most authoritarian and dangerous. In a 2006 interview with NPR, he actually rejected "this whole idea of personal autonomy." … [Read more...]

ACLU Ranks Presidential Candidates

The ACLU has put out a voter guide for all the 2012 presidential candidates, ranking them all on 7 issues: humane immigration policy, closing Gitmo and indefinite detention, gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, ending torture, ending the surveillance state, same-sex marriage, and reproductive rights. Anthony Romero, the ACLU's executive director, writes: … [Read more...]

Ron Paul on Sexual Harassment

As controversy over his now-infamous newsletters continues to rage, CNN has dug up some passages from a book written by Paul in 1987 and reissued in 2007. From that book, here is how he views sexual harassment: … [Read more...]